28 Jul Buglers Across America
A few months ago I had mentioned to Mary Ann and Frank Silva that I would play taps for any Veteran who had died who was looking for a bugler, if they happened to hear of anything. This week, the director of Veterans Services called and connected me with Frank Murphy of Murphy’s Funeral Home in Salem. He let me know of Buglers Across America, and so I researched it and signed up. Within a day of volunteering I had started to receive e-mails from people looking for buglers and did my first funeral on Friday. I have another today, and since I started writing this, two more e-mail have popped up which unfortunately I can’t do because it’s a work day, or conflicting with other things. When I spoke to the servicemen at yesterday’s funeral they had 39 funerals schedule in the area that day alone.
Every Veteran is entitled to two uniformed servicemen, a flag ceremony and Taps at their funeral. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough buglers, and usually a recording is played. There are plenty of musicians around, but I assume, work/school commitments make it difficult for people to stop what they are doing and run off to a funeral, however if more people sign up in the database, there will be a higher probability that our veterans will get the proper sendoff they deserve.
Buglers Across America was founded by a Drum Corps Alum in Illinois, Tom J. Day. The BAA website has a great system for volunteering. When a request comes in, it is e-mailed to you and you can review the details and sign up. It is important that if you sign up that you honor your commitment!!
I encourage every trumpet/soprano player who is able to do so, to volunteer.
Anyone can volunteer as a BAA Bugler. They can play a traditional bugle with no valves, or they can perform the ceremony on a Trumpet, Cornet, Flugelhorn, or a 1, 2 or 3 valve bugle. The bugler can be of any age as long as they can play the 24 notes of Taps with an ease and style that will do honor to the Veterans and their families.
If Arbella is contacted directly to play Taps, and the family wants to make a donation to the Corps, we will honor the Veteran on our website.